Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Beauty is Only Skin Deep - Our Faulty Perception

This video reminded me about Austin's post "Bringing Sexy Back" and so I decided to share the video with everyone.

All people should see this video - but especially teens and pre-teens. Beauty is only skin deep. This woman was beautiful at the beginning, beautiful after the make up, beautiful after the hairdo, but they still felt the need to "fix" her.

As the video says, no wonder our perception of beauty is distorted.


Faith said...


Her eyes were too far apart, her neck too thick, too short. Hours upon hours of make up and hair and they still needed to photoshop her. wow!!!

What commercials don't show is how unreal the people are so it comes off as this person is gorgeous from the get go and is flawless. They lie, oh how they lie.


lawyerchik said...

I love that video. I remember when I first saw it. Good reminder!

Ethereal Highway said...

I used to model. They really, really do lie their asses off. I quit in disgust shortly after a disasterous show (I fought with the co-ordinator who didn't think I needed any kind of underpants with a very short skirt) and right after a new agent asked me if I could lose weight. I was a size six and six feet tall! My DOCTOR was telling me to eat. I decided to listen to the doctor.

The twins are thirteen and have no interest in makeup. I'm so glad. I think they know they look just fine exactly the way they are.

Anonymous said...

Society's values are shallow and its priorities impossible to live up to--unless you're willing to have all kinds of surgery to measure up.

Yuck, it's just heart sickening to see and hear the messages propagated in commercials, music videos, movies and magazines.

Marj aka Thriver said...

Thanks for posting this to raise awareness, Enola! I can't believe they actually went in and digitally "improved" her even after you'd think she was perfect--even for a makeup ad--after they made her all up. Who cares how damn long your neck is, anyway? WTF?

I used to work in advertising and I would never go back. This type of thing is just one of the many reasons.

I don't even wear makeup anymore. Occasionally, I'll wear it if I'm all dressed up, wearing jewelry...for a wedding or something. But, I shouldn't even have to feel the pressure to do it then, you know?

Okay: One more thing to say in this looonnng comment. I like to watch Dancing with the Stars. One of the reasons I like it is because they have all these older models, movie stars, singers, etc. on there and it reminds me: We ALL are getting older. We ALL struggle with mid-life tummy pooch, etc. We need to get over ourselves and get on with living!

hearttoheart said...

I felt a twinge of anger as I watched them "Tweek" her neck/ cheeks, etc. not to mention the t-i-m-e- they spent dolling her up. What a bunch of nonsense. Thank you for posting this one. I remember going out for dinner one night w/ my wife, took the camera, and in the course of the evening, asked the waitress to take our picture, we ended up taking one or two of her as well..when we developed it, due to the lighting, the waitresses make up looked all blotchy and wierd. I told my wife, later, she looked like a clown. I think it's totally a woman's call on how much make up she wants to use...I am married to a woman who is beautiful without a hint of make up, even when she's wearing bib overhauls. She does put a little blush on when she goes out ( I think) :-) When I wake up in the morning and look into her eyes, she still takes my breath away after 30 years of marriage.

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